• A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2017
    [Petit Sirah] Tasting the Estate Blend Wines of Murietta’s Well
    2014 ($30) – a great expression of Livewmore valley using classic Bordeaux varieties and Petit Sirah from the estate. In 1800, Joaquin Murrieta discovered a well on the property now known as Murietta’s Well, and claimed the water was the best in the country. Fast forward to 1884 and French immigrant Louis Mel fall in love with the estate and build one of California’s Original gravity flow wineries with plant cuttings from Chateau Margaux and Chateau d’Yquem.
  • A WINE STORY  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
    [Petit Sirah] Discovering wines of Dry Creek Valley with Ann Petersen
    Most of the vineyards and vines are old, and in some vineyards you can find both Zinfandel and Carignan (a traditional blending partner) planted side by side, along with Petite Sirah (another traditional blender). Do you like Zinfandel? This variety can be considered a “California Classic” and grows well in many parts of the state. The Dry Creek AVA within the larger Sonoma AVA specializes in Zinfandel, its historical grape.
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
    [Petit Sirah] Tasting Notes Week of September 6, 2017
    Langtry Estate Petite Sirah 2013. Locations NZ6 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Delicious higher quality NZ SB, from heart of trendy Wairau Valley. Lots of passion fruit and crisp grassy flavors. Leitz 2015 Pinot Noir 9173618843 Sekt. Made from 100% de-stemmed Pinot Noir grapes – light color points to 3 hour skin contact with gentle press cycle.
  • VIGNA UVA VINO  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016
    [Petit Sirah] Little Black Dress Diva California Red 2013
    Made from a blend of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Petit Sirah, with smaller amounts of Zinfandel, Tannat, Mourvèdre, Garnacha, Malbec and other red grapes. Winemaker Margaret Leonardi crafted this red blend from Mendocino, California. Ruby colors with aromas of cherry, cassis and licorice, then a mild lingering toasty edge. The palate showing playful notes of wild berries and dried flowers combining to form a complex show for the money (about $11
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016
    [Petit Sirah] Josh Cellars Wines at Bouley Botanical
    The 2014 Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon was dark and structured, with notes of violet and vanilla bean from 12 months new French oak, and the 2014 Josh Cellars Legacy blend was comprised of 44% Merlot, 44% Zinfandel, and 12% Petite Syrah, a fabulous blend that went well with the chocolate. Aromas of blueberry pie, fresh raspberries, sage, rosemary and cigar box fill the glass in this unique red blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah.
  • VIGNA UVA VINO  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015
    [Petit Sirah] Cocobon Vineyards Red Blend, California
    It's a velvety blend of 61% Zinfandel, 17% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Petite Sirah, definitely a new world red, with fruitiness upfront as a major component, but it also has so much going for it on the nose and palate. I recently found this unbelievable bargain in a local shop in my neighborhood sitting in a sale bin, Cocobon Vineyards Red Blend. The bottle caught my eye, and I bought one because the name and label intrigued me and hey.
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
    [Petit Sirah] My visit with Ze’ev Dunie of Seahorse Winery #GoIsrael
    Initially it was just a few barrels from bought grapes, but soon he was planting grapes (varietals he liked, such as syrah, mouvedre, zinfandel, and Petite Sirah) and his production dramatically increased. So most people associate Israel with religious sights … or hot clubs (play or pray, yes?) Yet increasingly the state is known for its excellent wine.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2014
    [Petit Sirah] The Wines of Lodi, California
    Though it is known for its Zinfandel wine (producing 32% of California''s premium Zinfandel) it is also a great plas to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Tempranilo, and others. Boor Vineyards 2011 Heritage Field Blend Red was a blend of Barbera, Carignane, and Petite Sirah, with 2% of Zin.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014
    [Petit Sirah] Tasting the Wines of Rodney Strong Estate on the 25th Anniversary #RSV25
    2008 Rodney Strong “A True Gentleman’s” Port- Composed of mostly Zinfandel and Touriga (the most important Port grape in Portugal), with lesser amounts of Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Malbec. At the recent wine blogger''s conference in Santa Barbara I was able to hook up with the Rodney Strong Brothers folks, who are celebrating their 25th Anniversary.
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
    [Petit Sirah] Meeting Joan Kautz of Ironstone Vineyards in the Sierra Foothills
    When the sweet cherry market tanked, Joan''s father first planted grapes in 1968, skipping over the then popular Mission and Barbera grapes and going for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, now offering Chardonnay and Zinfandel as well as Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, and a Pinot Grigio. "You must be the oldest grape growing family I''ve ever met. in the USA, of course," I say to Joan Kautz, whose family has been farming in Lodi, California since the early 1900s.
  • A WINE STORY  |  THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014
    [Petit Sirah] Tasting Paso Robles AVA #WBC14
    The wine is 48 percent cabernet sauvignon the 44% Merlot and 4% Malbec and 4% Petit Sirah filling out the balance. Very interesting panel with the stars of the California wine industry - Steve Lohr, Justin Smith of Saxum Vineyards, Chris Cherry, of Willa Creek, Mike Sinor of Ancient Peaks Winery, and Kevin Willenborg of Vina Robles. Interesting discussion on terroir of the Paso Robles AVA which was created in 1983 and now awaits a grant for 11 sub-regions.
  • VIGNA UVA VINO  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014
    [Petit Sirah] Mustache Vineyards Merlot 2011 Lodi California
    It''s actually a blend of 87% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Sirah and 2% Petit Verdot and is truly a thing of beauty. From Lodi California this excellent Merlot is a huge bargain at $15 per bottle! After fermentation the grapes were soft pressed and 30% went into French and American oak barrels while 70% went into stainless steel tanks for 11 months prior to bottling.
  • VIGNA UVA VINO  |  MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014
    [Petit Sirah] Black Bear / Red Chair Petit Sirah
    This beautiful blend is from Paso Robles, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills, using a blend of 81% petit sirah, 14% Zinfandel and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon all fermented separately in stainless steel and then combined and aged for 14 months in old oak barrels. Rocket ship wine company partners with the Childhood Cancer Society to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
  • VIGNA UVA VINO  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014
    [Petit Sirah] Bargetto Winery
    Bargetto Tuxedo Red 2011 A really pretty blend of Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, and Refosco, with additional contributions from their signature La Vita blend of Sirah, Zinfandel and Merlot. Bargetto Monterey County Petit Sirah 2012 Aged in 30% new and 70% neutral American and French oak for 24 months. Earlier this month while in Monterey, California I had the pleasure of visiting the Bargetto Winery Tasting Room, right on Cannery Row.
  • DR. VINO  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014
    [Petit Sirah] Parker’s putdowns
    And there was no cabernet franc, rather the Turley Wine Cellars Library Vineyard Petite Sirah 2011. Parker (not Tony) standing with Yao Ming. Robert Parker’s “World Tour” of Asia continues. And while it may be hedonistic fruit bombs poured from the importer “partners” by day, Parker drops the chat room bombs late at night.
  • A WINE STORY  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2013
    [Petit Sirah] Tasting Notes Week of November 11th 2014
    2011 Petite Petit Michael David Winery. Interesting blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot. Wine reviews 2010 macari bergen road 2011 petite petit michael david winery tapena tempranilllo 2012 valdubon cosecha 2011 vaza cosecha 2012 lots of black fruit and vanilla. A great full bodied wine that pairs well with stews and meat/. 2010 Macari Bergen Road. How honored! This is their flagship red blend made only in premium vintages.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013
    [Petit Sirah] Dave Matthews Dreaming Tree Wines
    Crush is a blend of Merlot 78%, Syrah 13%, Zinfandel 6% with a little Petite Sirah, Marsanne and Cabernet Sauvignon thrown in. "You might know Dave Mathews from his day-job as a professional musician, but his passion for wine making stretches back nearly as far as his love for music. With a winery in Virginia under his belt, Dave’s no amateur, but when he chose to lay down roots for roots in the California wine country, he knew he couldn’t go it alone.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013
    [Petit Sirah] A Little Black Dress Fit For Any Occasion
    Divalicious Red features Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Petite Sirah varietals with small amounts of Zinfandel, Tannat, Mourvedre, Garnacha and Malbec, while Divalicious White features Pinot Grigio and Moscato varietals with small amounts of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. I had mentioned in a prior post that I have always paired salmon with a white wine, but recently found that I enjoy a nice Pinot Noir with this seafood.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013
    [Petit Sirah] Concannon Conservancy Crimson and Clover 2010
    This week I received a bottle of Concannon Conservancy Crimson and Clover 2010 , a blend consisting of 50% Petite Sirah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, and 10% Zinfandel. This wine is a tribute to the "Father of America's First Petite Sirah," Jim Concannon, from his son John. California Petite Sirah Livermore Valley red blendThere have been many times I received tasting samples and put them aside for a few weeks or even a few months before opening.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2013
    [Petit Sirah] The Crusher Petite Sirah 2011
    This one produced by Don Sebastiani & Sons in Napa, CA with grapes from the Wilson Vineyards-Clarksburg, CA - The Crusher Peitie Sirah 2011 ( $13 ) is a blend of 76% Petite Sirah, 13% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Tinta Cao, 2% Souza and 2% Touriga Nacional. California Petite SirahI should have kept this wine for Super Bowl Sunday, as it is aptly named for what the San Fransisco 49ER's are going to lay on the Baltimore Ravens.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013
    [Petit Sirah] Ghost Pines Red Blend 2009
    The blend is 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Petite Sirah, 22% Zinfandel, 10% Merlot, 6% Syrah and the grapes come from several wine growing counties. Spent a very lazy Sunday watching the NFL Conference Championship games and sipping on a very nice California red blend. I chose a CA wine because I was rooting for the San Francisco Forty Niners.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2012
    [Petit Sirah] Bogle Essential Red 2009
    I have reviewed the Bogle Peite Sirah and the Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel and recently found a Bogle wine I have not seen on local shelves before. The Bogle Vineyards Essential Red 2009( $10 ) is a blend of Old Vines Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012
    [Petit Sirah] St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2008
    photo by Shirley When it comes to California red wines, I would guess that most wine drinkers think of their Cabernet Sauvignon, but I always think of their Petite Sirah and their Zinfandel. Up until the last four years, Zinfandel was not in my vocabulary. That may be because of the few female friends who drank only White Zin. After tasting the White Zin once, Zinfandels became off limits. Wish I knew better back then, but now I am a Zinoholic.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012
    [Petit Sirah] Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel 2009
    That day they were featuring Bogle wines, so I picked up a 2008 Petite Sirah( $9 ) and a 2009 Old Vine Zin( $10 ). Two years ago, I posted my review on the 2007 Petite Sirah and was anxious to try the '08 and very anxious to try the Old Vine Zin from Bogle. The '08 Petite Sirah was a little tamer with a little more fruit aroma and taste. Both the Petite Sirah and the Old Vine Zinfandel are quality wines at a very affordable price.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012
    [Petit Sirah] Meeting Robert Pepi of Eponymous (CA)
    Some preferred the very elegant Syrah with steak, others the Petite Syrah or Full-bodied Chardonnay with pasta. The reds, I sense, he really puts his energy into: the Cabernet Franc was pulsating with vivacity, the Cabernet cleanly structured, and the Petite Sirah concentrated with black ruit -- all is well. News cabernet franc eponymous petite sirah robert l pepi syrah
  • A WINE STORY  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012
    [Petit Sirah] Tasting Notes Week of January 5, 2011
    This plot used to be where Italian growers planted "field blends" and you can still detect some Petite Sirah and Carignane in this delicious spicy wine. Pommery Champagne POP Earth (France, Champagne). bubbles: gorgeous, fast moving, tiny. beautiful to behold. nose: med+ intensity, brioche, toasty, very delicious. palate: dry.
  • VIGNA UVA VINO  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011
    [Petit Sirah] More Wines for Thanksgiving
    Francis Winery Sonoma County Old Vines Zinfandel, 2008 California The average age of the vines here are 80-100 years old, and actually is 89% Zin, and the rest a blend of Alicante Bouschet, Mourverdre, Carignane, Syrah and Petite Sirah. I'd like to thank Kristen and her good friends for helping me taste this flight of wine picks for Thanksgiving. The wines were from California, Italy, France and New Zealand.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011
    [Petit Sirah] Tasting Notes Week of November 7th 2011
    Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon round it all out, along with Petit Sirah and Merlot. Some excellent wines this week, an assortment of reds and whites from around the globe. Though diverse as a group, what unites them is their distinctive terroir. Terrezas de los Andes. Reserva Malbec 2009. I visited this winery in Argentina last year and happy to have the chance to review it again, this time paired with a variety of dishes at The Modern.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2011
    [Petit Sirah] Cinnabar Sorcerer's Stone 2008
    Tonight I opened the 2008 Sorcerer's Stone, a blend of Zinfandel 85%, Petite Sirah 10% and Teroldego 5% and right off the bat a relationship began. Not being a wine connoisseur, I love it when I open a new wine and just fall in love with what I found or what, in this case, was sent to me for tasting. Recently I received a few samples from Cinnabar Winery in the Paso Robles region of California.
  • VIGNA UVA VINO  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011
    [Petit Sirah] The Show Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 California
    The Show is a big, rich, deep Cabernet, although according to the website there are also small quantities of Merlot for softness, Cabernet Franc for earthiness and acidity, and even Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot to give it a deep ruby color.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011
    [Petit Sirah] Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah 2008
    Last year I reviewed a 2007 Petite Sirah from Concannon Vineyard , so I was delighted to recently receive the 2008 vintage. The Petite Sirah is one of three red wines I have began to appreciate much more over the past year and this would be my first one of this vinatge. The Conservancy collection includes Pitite Sirah, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. I could not wait to open the 2008 Petite Sirah. California red wine Petite Sirah
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011
    [Petit Sirah] Tasting Notes week of 1/17/11
    2007 Mazzocco Petite Sirah Pony Reserve (USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley). Wine reviews 2005 2006 2007 mazzocco petite sirah pony reserve de lorimier cabernet sauvignon crazy creek vineyard 2006 de lorimier malbec de lorimier mosaic2005 De Lorimier Mosaic (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley). color: Opaque, purple, scintillating.
  • A WINE STORY  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 2011
    [Petit Sirah] Tasting Notes week of January 3 2010
    2007 Wilson Winery Petite Sirah. Style note: Really delicious Petit Sirah with tamed red fruits, lively acidity, and a pleasing velvety texture that can pair excellently with steak and especially winter stews. This week I've tasted some excellent wines! 2006 Wilson Cabernet Sauvignon. USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley). color - purple, medium intensity, med trans. nose: med+ intensity, spice, black berry, black currant, oak.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2011
    [Petit Sirah] Year In Review
    One, the Carmenere, has been disappointing, but the Zinfandel, Syrah and the Peitie Sirah have joined the list of my favorites. Glen Ellen Proprietor's Reserve Petite Sirah 2007. This year I fell in love with Petite Sirah. Labeled as a value wine, or let's just say 'cheap wine,' this Petite Sirah is the best deal anybody shopping for good wine will find.
  • BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Chateau Simone - Wine From Another Era
    The reds are made primarily of Grenache and Mourvèdre, and there are many other grapes added in smaller proportions, like Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan, Petit Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and then local varieties such as Muscat Noir, Castet, Manosquin, and Brun-Fourca. Last night I had dinner with a friend and we shared a bottle of 1999 Chateau Simone Palette Rouge , $48, Imported by Robert Chadderdon Selections. I absolutely loved the wine and I was still thinking about it this morning.
  • DR. VINO  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] There’s Zin. And then there’s Ridge Geyserville. [mature wine]
    The vines are an assortment of varieties, co-planted in the vineyard here and there, and include mostly zinfandel but also carignane, petite sirah, and matarao (mourvedre). The balance of the blend consists of the aforementioned petite sirah and mataro, although they are not always in the final wine.) All too often, Zinfandel is a highway to a quick, cheap buzz.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Glen Ellen Proprietor's Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 from Concannon
    I had already posted my review on the Glen Ellen Petite Sirah in October, which I concluded that it was maybe the best Petite Sirah you can find at that price. In my last post I started to say something about a recent discussion I had with a few friends about 'cheap' wines and quality. This is the wine we were drinking that started that discussion. A Glen Ellen Old Vine Zinfandel, Proprietor's Reserve 2008.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Glen Ellen Proprietor's Reserve Petite Sirah 2007 from Concannon
    I recieved a Chardonnay and a Petite Sirah. I decided to take the Petite Sirah to my son's lounge, pay a corkage fee and share with a few friends. The vineyards that surround the Glen Ellen house produced America's first Petite Syrah in 1961 and the Concannon family has produce Petite Sirah ever since. This wine is also the only Petite Sirah available in a 1.5L Tags: California Petite Sirah
  • VIGNA UVA VINO  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Leese-Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 California
    One of my favorites was the Leese-Fitch Cab and here are some tasting notes: I know the label says Cabernet Sauvignon, in reality what you get is an amazing blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, 5% Syrah from River Junction, 5% Tempranillo from Moneterey, with Lodi contributing the 2% Alicante Bouchet, and 2% Petite Sirah.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Fontana Candida Frascati Superiore 2008
    Getting time to clean out the old wine fridge. After two months of laying around, drinking coffee, tea, water and gatorade and laying off the good stuff I am beginning to feel the need for a long day of wine shopping, but the fridge is full and I will just have to do my part in making room for more. Shirley keeps doing her part by challenging me to come up with a pairing for some of her weird dinner experiments.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Stoney Lonesome Estates, Reserve White Merlot 2008
    I love it when Shirley decides to experiment in the kitchen. It either means we end up going out to dinner or I am in for a special treat. I don't always know where she gets her inspiration and last night I did not see any of her cookbooks on the counter, so that means she thought about this recipe while trimming her herb garden. What I do know is that she cooked skinless chicken breast in apple juice with oyster mushrooms, slices of gala apples and diced mint fresh from the garden.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Treleaven Wines Meritage 2007
    I don't often go with Shirley and Pam to the Saturday morning Central New York Regional Farmer's Market, but I made an exception today. I was also out of bed early enough to tag along, which is unusual. While there I let the girls buy up all the fruit and veggies along with some free range meat and eggs they wanted while I hunted around for some wine samples. I did stop at one and tasted their 2007 Meritage.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Boho Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 3L
    I've been holding out on the wine reviews until everything gets back to normal after my surgery. At present, my Cardiologist has OK'd 3-4 oz. of wine per day and, for me, that just don't cut it. I do cheat a bit and I also skip some evenings. That means an open bottle may sit for over a week and the final few glasses may be a bit bitter or that much of what was a decent wine when opened gets thrown down the drain. That is what happened with the first bottles I opened.
  • ALICE FEIRING  |  THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] The Nuits Kid
    I found some petite sirah. My wife said, "We don't even drink petite sirah, are you sure? On the train and off to Beaune. Pick up the car at Ada, une bonne addresse for a rental car in the area. I hopped into the cutest little red Fiat. Home to Bouilland! The white cliffs. The air. The cows. Becky and Russell!
  • VIGNA UVA VINO  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] The Prisoner (Red Blend) 2008 Orin Swift Cellars California
    Here is a fine Napa blend of 46% Zinfandel, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono, and 1% Grenache. Deep violet colors in the glass, spreading to a garnet outer ring, with aromas of red berry and ripe black cherry and wafts of smoke. Opens softly with big fruit flavors of raspberry, and later hints of black pepper and a dried herb, licorice and coffee finish, shows great complexity and structure. Robert Parker: 90 pts Wine Spectator: 92 pts Retails: $35
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc 2009 3L
    Last March I posted a press release on a new collection of artisan wines in an innovative attractive new package. An international wine collection with six brands and ten items packaged in a new exciting premium 3L wine cask from the Octavin Home Wine Bar ™. I have since tasted a Monthaven Chardonnay (California) and this past week the Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand). The Chardonnay was not impressive. Light and fruity with little oak was not what I expected from a CA Chard.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Chateau Lafayette Reneau dry and semidry Riesling 2008
    With May and New York Riesling month coming to close soon, it is safe to say that I tasted more Riesling this month than any one year in my life. The hard part was deciding which ones I would post on the blog. After this article I will post once more on a NY Riesling and may list all those I have had. I also chose a few, either drier or sweeter Rieslings, that were previously reviewed.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Long Point Winery semi-dry Riesling 2008
    This past Monday evening was a first for me on-line. Because of my work schedule and Shirley's extra long 'honey-do' list I never have the chance to do a tweet up on Twitter or follow a wine party on Facebook. During the month of May at 8 pm on Mondays anyone can open a bottle of Riesling from any Finger Lakes winery and join in on Facebook or Twitter to chat about what wine you are having for the evening.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Zugibe semi-dry Riesling 2008
    This past weeks edition of the Syracuse New Times, a weekly alternative newspaper published in Syracuse, New York, contained an interesting article on Finger Lakes Riesling. Titled 'Grape Expectations,' the article promoted Riesling month in the Finger Lakes and interviewed the proprietor (Gary Decker) of one of my favorite wine shops (Vinomania) in Syracuse. Gary noted four wineries, one of which I vaguely remember from an article written by Evan Dawson for the New York Cork Report.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Brotherhood Dry Riesling 2008
    To continue Riesling month here in New York, I wanted to find something other than my favorites from the Finger Lakes region. Doing so seemed almost impossible. Other than ordering on line, it is very difficult to find New York wines other than Finger Lakes and Adirondack wineries in the local shops. Thankfully, my son was able to obtain some from the Hudson Valley through one of the distributors he uses for his lounge.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Red Tail Ridge semi-dry Riesling 2008
    Just finished watching the movie "Avatar" while sipping on my first Riesling of the summer. A Finger Lakes Riesling of course. This month is Riesling month in New York and this will be the first of many I'll enjoy over the next 30 days. The 2008 Red Tail Ridge semi-dry Riesling was suggested by my sister-in-law. Now Cyn has always favored a Riesling from another State, which I won't mention, until just recently. This is now one of her favorites.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Conconnan Conservancy Peite Sirah 2007
    Most notably, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. Tonight I am enjoying a Petite Sirah from the Livermore Valley, a Concannon Convservancy 2007. Concannon introduced America's first varietally labeled Petite Sirah in 1961, sparking a love affair with this varietal, and led with the introduction of Cabernet Sauvignon clones 7, 8 and 11 in replanting much of Napa Valley in the 1970s. Tags: California Petite Sirah red wine
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Reserve 2004
    The 2004 vintage is 96% Zinfandel and 4% Petite Sirah. I'm leaving Chile(till later) and heading over to California to try a few more Zin's. I'm starting to surprise myself with what I am finding with Zinfandel and also a bit disappointed that I wasted so many years with such a limited selection or narrow palate. It shows what can happen to one's palate when staying with one type or varietal over a very long period of time without giving other varietals a chance.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2008
    This is the third of the Carmenere wines I tasted this month. As I stated in my previous two articles, Carmenere is one of the wines I've pushed aside in the past, but have placed on a list to re-examine in 2010. The first two left me with mixed feelings about the wine. The Arboleda 2006 was more full bodied with lots of earth, green pepper and tobacco. It lacked any fruit with the exception of some black current or some black raspberry in the mouth.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2007
    It's been a few years since I tasted Carmenere. If I remember right, it was a take it or leave it, nothing special, too many other fine wines, don't shop for wine. My last review confirmed that feeling, but in a very serious attempt to expand a lazy palate I purchased a few different labels to compare. The first was disappointing. Not that the wine was god awful bad, but it was not was I expected from what I was reading about Carmenere. It lacked the dark fruit and the balance.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Arboleda Carmenère 2006
    Wish I had a nice Canadian wine tonight so I could toast the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team on their winning of the Gold medal. I am not an avid hockey fan, but I do watch occasionally and tonight enjoyed one of the best ever games. Instead, I uncorked an Arboleda Carmenère 2006 from the Colchagua Valley of Chile.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Bogle Winery Petite Syrah 2007
    BTW, they are Zinfandel, Syrah, Pitite Sirah and Carmenere. This past week-end I started ordering the Petite Sirah at the Lounge and tonight I opened what is, as of now, the best. The Bogle Petite Sirah was the perfect match. At least I am no longer afraid of Petite Sirah. The Bogle Petite Sirah was purchased locally for $7.99. Tags: California red wine Petite Syrah Think my taste buds are back.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2010
    [Petit Sirah] Why Wine: Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2007
    Somewhere among my 50 New Year's resolutions (99.9% failure rate) was to leave my wine comfort zone more often as I continue to expand my trapped palate. To do so, I will have to taste, I mean drink, more wines that I never tried or wines I just never liked. So, to start off the new year I opened one of my least favorite wines, Zinfandel. Zin is one wine that over the years I tried earnestly to enjoy. It just never happened.
  • SLAKED  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2009
    [Petit Sirah] 2007 Ridge Vineyards Dusi Ranch Late Harvest Zinfandel
    I'll just say it: I'm not a fan of late harvest zinfandel. So this 2007 Late Harvest Dusi Ranch is the only wine from Ridge I couldn't really get into this year. On the bright side, Ridge has instituted a new membership log-in to streamline purchases online. Gone are the days of manually entering the same old shipping info everytime you want to make a reorder. Thank baby Jesus, too.
  • SLAKED  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2009
    [Petit Sirah] Ridge Vineyards: Spring/Summer 2009 Update
    2004 Dynamite Hill Petite Sirah this wine a behemoth pimp in a blue fedora. The 2006 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel ** (with 7% alicante bouschet, 3% petite sirah, and 2% carignane,) is a silky young zinfandel with briar patch and strawberry notes on the mid-palate and mild black spice on the finish ("the alicante and a small amount of zinfandel co-fermented with a floating cap to better stabilize alicante's intense color").
  • SLAKED  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2009
    [Petit Sirah] Ridge Vineyards Z-List Spring Shipment
    55% zinfandel, 22% carignane, 18% petite sirah, and 2% mataro, aged in 12% new American oak (the balance 1-5 years old) the Geyserville is from the western edge of Alexander Valley. From 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Petite Verdot,5 % Cabernet Franc.,5% 5% Petite Sirah, this wine (which received 90 points from Robert Parker) was disappointing at first because of its seemingly over micro-oxygenated chunky tannin ("channin") and severe vanilla.
  • SLAKED  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009
    [Petit Sirah] 2005 Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 *
    Varietals grown and produced include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Sirah." Warning: This is a knock your ass to the floor wine. You will be tempted to drink the whole bottle in one sitting. That would be a mistake. I opened and decanted this 2005 Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vinyard Cabernet Sauvignon * from winemaker Robert Foley for two hours before pouring the first glass. Deep and brooding; virtually opaque. The nose was stewed plums and black cherries.
  • SLAKED  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
    [Petit Sirah] Girard Winery
    There is no question that quality has been increasing in the past couple of years -- with the most recent wines garnering 93 points from all the major critics -- and indeed, the 1999 vintage produced a delicious Napa Valley Red, and 2001 produced an excellent Petit Sirah. History, like beauty, is in the mind of the beholder. According to the website, "Thirty years after planting their first vineyard, Girard continues a fine tradition of producing highly-rated wines."
  • SLAKED  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] 2006 Ridge Vineyards Carmichael Zinfandel ATP
    From "Carmichael's eastern edge, where the soil is clay loam atop decomposed granite," this 96% zinfandel with 4% co-fermented petite sirah spent fifteen months in barrel and was bottled in March 2008. It is the best Advanced Tasting Program zinfandel released by Ridge in 2008. The 2006 Lytton Springs is close on its heels.) Lucious, with bold boysenberry and vanilla notes, this wine displayed dark cocoa and roughly crushed roasted coffee beans after 24 hours of decanting.
  • SLAKED  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] 2003 Ridge Vineyards Petite Sirah Lytton Springs
    A wow wine at age five, you would never know this was petite sirah, and it has only been in bottle since November 2005. Composed of 77% Petite Sirah with 23% Zinfandel from the Lytton Springs estate vineyards, this is inky and opaque with blackberry jam, sweet tannins reminiscent of fine Right Bank Bordeaux, and velvety Shiraz-esque texture.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] Carmel's quality wine revolution
    I recently checked out some of their unique single varietal appellation wines (Carignan & Petite Sirah) and was so (surprisingly) impressed by their quality that I included them in a blog post with some recommendations. My favorites of the day were still the appellation Carignan and Petite Sirah. Although the color of the Petite Sirah was incredibly dark (leaning towards being almost black) I was surprised by how light (relatively speaking) the body was.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] Wines for the New (Jewish) Year UNDER $30
    And two wines in their appellation series that are of interest are the Carmel "old vine" Carignan & the Carmel Petit Sirah. Those are: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot & Malbec. I'm sorry for the delay in writing this post. I have gotten MANY requests for my Rosh Hashana suggestions. I'm pressed for time (aren't we all) so here goes. I decided not to write about wines that typically retail for more than $30.
  • SLAKED  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] 2006 Ridge Vineyards Geyserville **
    Anyway, this Geyserville, from 70% zinfandel, 18% carignane, 10% petite sirah, and 2% mataro, is not without complexity. So I've been drinking a lot of Ridge Vineyards recently, and frankly, it's starting to get a little difficult to tell one zin from the next. But there are differences, subtle, but they're there.
  • SLAKED  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] 2006 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs
    80% zinfandel, 16% petite sirah, and 4% carignane, a 14.7% Opened as an afterthought three days ago and stuck at the bottom of the fridge afterwards, we opened this back up last night to accompany grass-fed shell steaks - doused with Juliana's coveted parsley-garlic sauce - and freedom fries. Yes, *that* Juliana: non-drinker of zinfandel, who demanded I give this wine "3 stars." Well, she's right, considering it didn't last long at the table.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, MAY 5, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] NorCal day 2: Sonoma
    Their 2004 cabernet which is actually a Bordeaux blend of 76% Cabernet, 18% merlot, 4% Petit Verdot & 2% cab franc. Although Ridge is known for their Zins they do make other very fine wines and we were started off with a Chardonnay and finished with a Cab/Merlot blend and finally a Petit Syrah. Their 2005 "Home" Zinfandel, blended with 3% Petit Sirah, had a very pleasant minty menthol thing going on that went very nicely with the ripe fruit.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] Day in Napa
    Following the Cab I had a Petit Sirah and finished with an old vine Zin PORT that I REALLY enjoyed. The Zin was blended with about 7-8% Petit Sirah & a touch (about 1%) of Cab. The reds are Bordeaux blends and Chris was kind enough to let me have a taste (from the barrel) of their Petit Verdot which is used in the blend. Another blend was the 2005 "Vicarious red blend" by Modus Operandi that was 75% Cab, 20% Petit Verdot & 5% merlot.
  • VIGNA UVA VINO  |  THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] 7 Inexpensive but Good Wines
    Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 This Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, California is made from 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 1% Malbec- quite an intense mix, but it works. Here are 7 of my most recent favorite inexpensive but good wines.
  • VIGNA UVA VINO  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    This Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, California is made from 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah , 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 1% Malbec -- quite an intense mix, but it works. Stainless steel fermentation, then 14-16 months in oak casks. Bright reddish purple in color with strong fruity fragrance of cherries cedar and blackberries, and cherry soda, chocolate and vanilla on the mouth.
  • SLAKED  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] Acorn 2005 Heritage Vines Zinfandel Alegria Vineyard RRV *
    An old vine field blend containing zinfandel, petit sirah, alicante boushet, carignane, trousseau, sangiovese, petit boushet, negrette, syrah, muscat noir, cinsault, and grenache. Another gem suggested by Eric Baugher. Medium ruby with a slight shine on it. Spicy nose mixed with stewed plum and herbs.sage note? Racy attack, complex notes of crushed black pepper, rhubarb, and mellow red fruit sweetness. This is worth investigating
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] Kosher Wine Extravaganza - Unusual (but gooood) wines
    No, not the Petit Sirah/Zin blend - another people know is a favorite of mine. Cab Franc is one of the 5 Bordeaux varietals (grapes which can be used to make French Bordeaux wine - others being Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec & Petit Verdot), and it is usually used as a complementary grape as opposed to a primary grape in Bordeaux. I was told that the blend was an UNUSUAL one - containing Petit Verdot, Shiraz & Petit Sirah.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] Best bet (kosher) Israeli wines for Passover - at all price ranges.
    In our present category you will find an atypical blend from Recanati - their Reserve Petite Sirah/Zinfandel blend. Yes, I like the Barkan altitude series (all 3 of them) but when for the same $40 I can get a 2002 Carmel Limited Edition (also known in this year as an Appellation - here for UNDER $30 - a steal as it is generally $40) or a Domaine du Castel Petit Castel I tend to pass on the Barkan and go for the others.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] Skurnik Tasting - my favorites (finally)
    The 2003 "1er Etage" Cab Franc was blended with 2% Petit Verdot and had very subtle green notes but was was nice as well. And their 2004 "Right Bank" Red, a blend of Cab Franc (53%), Merlot (30%), Petit Verdot (9%) & Cab Sauv (8%) was beautiful. A Cabernet Sauvignon from Barnett Vineyards, their 2005 "Spring Mountain", blended with 4% Cab Franc & 3% Petit Verdot comes from a mountain top vineyard and had nice fruit, silky tannins and a great mouth feel.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2008
    [Petit Sirah] Wine Deals - two under $9 - check that under $10
    The first is a Petit Sirah from California. Petit Sirah is a varietal I had initially understood to be a blending grape - one that could provide color, strength & structure to a blend (often with Zinfandel). But I have been seeing more and more of it as its own varietal and some research has indicated that there is a BIG following of Petit Sirah lovers (ie. PS I love you - The PS being for Petit Sirah).
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2007
    [Petit Sirah] Israeli Wine - Wine Advocate " Modern Israel: A Survey (A Work in Progress)"
    Well ladies and gentlemen, the results are in. I will be copying a list of wines & their scores from Israeli Wine Critic Daniel Rogov's "Wine & Food Forum". I am waiting for my physical copy of the issue to arrive before I comment specifically. The only thing I would like to share is my excitement for a 92 score given to a wine I worked on - The TZORA "Or" dessert wine.
  • BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007
    [Petit Sirah] WBW #40 - Petite Sirah
    Sonadora is our host this month at WannabeWino , and she has selected Petite Sirah as the theme. I've had wines made from Petite Sirah about four or five times, all quite a few years ago, and in my mind I lump them in with Zinfandel. I won't lie to you, friends, without WBW #40 as the impetus, it's a pretty safe bet that no Petite Sirah was going to cross my threshold anytime soon. Can you hook me up with a good Petite Sirah?"
  • EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  |  FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007
    [Petit Sirah] Vinos Tintos Buey!!
    No, the choices I had were petite sirah and.ready for this. The petite sirah was only eight bucks and the nebbilolo was sixteen. I wanted them both but was a bit tight on cash so my budget gave me the petite sirah. Well, petite sirah does very well in warm climates. Here is the breakdown: the wine is a 2004 petite sirah from one of the largest and most established wineries in Mexico, L.A.
  • BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2007
    [Petit Sirah] What, Me Turley?
    Turley makes red wine from Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Grenache. Who woulda thunk it - Brooklynguy, lover of all reds light and elegant, got down and danced with a huge famous California Zinfandel the other night, and came out none worse for the wear. In fact, I actually kind of liked it. Turley is a cult thing. People line up for years just to get a chance to be on the mailing list. What does the mailing list get you?
  • EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2006
    [Petit Sirah] Foppiano Part II
    In the literature that August gave me about the vineyard it says they have been around since the 1800's and their flagship wine is petit sirah. I thought I would add a little something today. If anyone read my 4th of July post they will remember (or not) a wine that was thoroughly enjoyed. It was the Foppiano 2004 Pinot Noir and it gave me hope for the pinots of Cali. I have since had a couple more that were great, especially a Merry Edwards from the Russian River Valley.